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Evan Dunfee: My craft has value and it deserves respect

Posted 2 months ago

Over the past 10 days I’ve found myself forced into a wee bit of an existential quandary.

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    Anonymous said 2 months ago

    Evan is an articulate young man and a class act however I think many will disagree with many of his comments. He claims the Olympics is eliminating his event because "they can not make money off Racewalking".

    Well, they make a ton of $$$ off the 200m and the IOC plans to eliminate that event.

    They are eliminating the 200m because it is redundant and it can be argued that having the 20k and 50k racewalk is an example of redundancy (sp ?).

    There are excellent arguments as to why any of the events on the chopping block should be retained but at the end of the day some need to be eliminated. Evan you might need to switch to the 20k "sprint" racewalk. You have 4 years to prepare.

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    FakeNews said 2 months ago

    That article you have seen circulating about the 200m, 10,000m etc... is from 2014. Nothing is being talked about currently for getting rid of those events.

    Personally, the 50km is the more exciting of the 2 race walk events, in so far as they can be exciting. The 50 just has more of a mythical quality to it.

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  • lobster User since:
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    Lobster said 2 months ago

    There is nothing like buggering around with history, inherited traditions, or whatever you want to call it.
    Why not just have the 100m, the Marathon, the shot putt, and the long jump. You could run the Olympics in under 5 hrs, on one day. Do the same with swimming, gymnastics, rowing, paddling, weight lifting, etc. Saves time ! Only have finals between preselected teams in team handball, field hockey, water polo, soccer, volleyball, and basketball. Make the basketball 3 on 3.
    Have only one bdwt category in boxing, wrestling, judo, and weight lifting.
    There now, wasn't that easy ?

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    Venser said 2 months ago

    So just how does race walk fit into these Olympic values that the IOC is supposed to uphold?

    Personally, I think it shouldn't be in the Olympics. Thought the motto of the Olympics was Citius, Altius, Fortius. I'm all for getting rid of the breast stroke, back stroke, butterfly for the same reason as race walking. Who cares who's the fastest at some sub optimal means of doing something?

    If race walking is included, why not stutter stepping, backwards walking, kart wheeling, ....?

    What kind of value is there in an event requiring minimal infrastructure and representing the most basic of human movements, something billions of people do every day?

    Nearly every one eats, surely you don't think competitive eating should be in the Olympics.
    http://www.majorleagueeating.com/

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    Andrew Jones said 2 months ago

    I understand that race walk is never going to make the IOC millions of dollars. But the value of the event and the value of the athletes in a wider context of what they can offer, how they can inspire, and how they represent the Olympic spirit so truly that value cannot be measured monetarily.

    The attendant conversation to this article would likely concern consumerism-based concepts like “value”, “perception”, “commodities”, “competitive spaces” and the like. But to cut to the chase, consumption or consumerism is a form of polling and can be seen as democratic: If something is viable, it continues; if it isn't viable it discontinues.

    We may not like these realities that exist in our societies, but they do effect change, and the changes are largely intractable. Evan makes a great argument in the article, showing that value can be seen as something other than monetary, and I would agree with his contention that we need to see things differently. But practically, the problem is that modern sport, and specifically here The Olympics, seems to be administrated and operated largely from a fiscal POV.

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    Lobster said 2 months ago

    This is getting more and more ridiculous. So we are now down to a one stroke swimming contest. Who lets you guys out in daylight ? Have you ever tried butterfly, among other things ? How about diving? Would you just pick one dive ? Scrap all the fighting sports, and go with freestyle brawling. No bdwt categories, just unlimited. That should separate the boys from the men. Only one gender = whatever.

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    Venser said 2 months ago

    Quoting: Lobster
    "This is getting more and more ridiculous. So we are now down to a one stroke swimming contest. Who lets you guys out in daylight ? Have you ever tried butterfly, among other things ? How about diving? Would you just pick one dive ? Scrap all the fighting sports, and go with freestyle brawling. No bdwt categories, just unlimited. That should separate the boys from the men. Only one gender = whatever."

    Yes, it should only be the fastest stroke.
    I'm all for getting rid of all synchronized whatever events, especially diving.

    What's ridiculous about my position?

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    Anonymous said 2 months ago

    All sports should be 1 gender like NHRA and NASCAR
    Equality above all else

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    Anonymous said 2 months ago

    I agree with Venser. Plus, as others have mentioned (e.g. Cal Dewolf on twitter argument), race walking isn't really even walking... cameras can pick up that they really just run...

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    Anonymous said 2 months ago

    if your argument is for highest, fastest, strongest means of whatever sport, why not allow all PEDs? PEDs will allow you to do your sport higher, faster and stronger...

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    Lobster said 2 months ago

    Venser-
    You are entitled to any position that you choose, as am I. It's also possible that I am particularly resistant to change, just for the sake of change. The Olympic Games slowly evolves, apparently not fast enough for some, and too fast for others. It is still, with all it's warts, the best show in town. The first Olympics that I actually remember, and followed, was Melbourne 1956. I should be around for at least one more, maybe two, three tops. I worked on the Montreal 76 games, and in my travels I manage to visit other past venues, summer and winter. It is a fantastic cultural heritage that the games display. Enjoy them, whichever events that you choose to follow.

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    Anonymous said 2 months ago

    Does his craft have value? Potentially, if you are willing to debate for hours. Does it deserve respect? No. Respect must be earned, and unfortunately I don't think race walking earns much respect outside of the race walking world...

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    DQ for bad thinking said 2 months ago

    Quoting: Venser
    "Yes, it should only be the fastest stroke.
    I'm all for getting rid of all synchronized whatever events, especially diving.

    What's ridiculous about my position?"


    What an embarrassing post. Try again.

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    friendly fixer said 2 months ago

    Great article. Small typo to correct:
    "I was weird, I looked funny, and I thought know one cared about me."

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